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Santa Monica sued over its treatment of homeless people

There are 73 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jul 14, 2009, titled Santa Monica sued over its treatment of homeless people. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California today sued Santa Monica, alleging that police regularly violated the constitutional rights of homeless people by harassing them, arresting them and effectively running them out of the seaside town.

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Mr Estrada

Long Beach, CA

#67 Jul 15, 2009
Anamouse wrote:
No I don't want them in my house, but I still have compassion for them and wish we could open a homeless camp for them somewhere away from the city.
Perhaps we could open a homeless shelter at some abandoned military base and provide buss service back and forth from there. If we gave them 3 basic meals a day and a bunk in a gym, at least we'**** know their not going to die. That would be less expensive than paying them welfare payments and letting them wander the streets... and all they would have to do to get off the system would be to leave and get a job.. if they could. We're spending money on them right now, by handing it to them, but they just don't use it well.
Meanwhile we would know that none were starving, or freezing to death, and they would be in a place where they wouldn't be bothering most of the public.
Thats a good idea, and we could use all the dogs and cats we put to sleep every day as food, but liberal hippies like PETA would throw a fit :(.

Redondo Beach, CA

#68 Jul 15, 2009
rayman wrote:
I don't think OBAMA would tolerate the way that the homeless are treated in Santa Monica or anywhere else in America.$85 billion to Israel and almost nothing to the unfortunate amoung us. Where is the compassion, the understanding, the encouragement, and respect for mankind. Look in the mirror folks.
Where are the family members of the homeless? Do we not as human have an obligation to take care of our family? Too many people have lost sight of family values and expect the government to take care of the people.

BTW: Where in the Constitution does it say that the government has to take care of the homeless? Banks? Mortgagees?

As a law student, I am tryig to figure this one out?

Redondo Beach, CA

#69 Jul 15, 2009
MojaveMike wrote:
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4th Ammendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Seems pretty straightforward to a layman. Maybe it's because we have politically-minded (and persuaded) Justices who like to 'interpret' whatever they want out of our Bill of Rights.
We need the ACLU more than ever since "The 4th is really not as what the lay person conceives."
Go take an ABA approved Con Law class and you will have your eyes opened. Do not base your perception on what you see on TV or a lack of knowledge of cases that have tested the 4th.

I do not disagree with you, but perception is not reality.

Redondo Beach, CA

#70 Jul 15, 2009

The liberties of the few have trampled the freedoms of the many.

Since: Jun 08

Bangkok, Thailand

#71 Jul 15, 2009
Whittier wrote:
Santa Monica was once so well known as liberal bastion -- mainly because of its strong rent-control laws -- that it got the tongue-in-cheek designation "The People's Republic of Santa Monica."
I don't think the designation "The People's Republic of Santa Monica" was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. The people who used that expression meant it quite seriously. I recall some woman with an Eastern European accent making a statement along these lines: "Santa Monica was a great city until the communists took it over." I assume she had experience with actual Soviet style communists and meant it literally.

El Segundo, CA

#72 Jul 16, 2009
Mr Estrada wrote:
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Thats a good idea, and we could use all the dogs and cats we put to sleep every day as food, but liberal hippies like PETA would throw a fit :(.
Why would PETA care? Everywhere they are in charge of the local agency that police's animals they kill about 90% of the animals they conficate from the people that they tell us can't have them because they abuse them.

I think it's kind of funny that the people who scream about animal rights the most, regularly kill the most of them instead of placing them in new homes.

Their either actually in favor of killing as many as possible, or incredably inept at doing that job. Either way, if they really cared about animals like they say they are, they would step aside and let anyone else who could place more in good homes, take over and save more of the pets.

Carrollton, TX

#73 Jul 20, 2009
Santa Monica has an insane amount of homeless people ruining the feel and aethetics of the city. Are normal citizens allowed to sleep outside in parks? Time to stop enabling people.
arce rawn

Beverly, OH

#74 Jul 20, 2009
Isn't loitering against the law in Santa Monica??? In other cities???

El Segundo, CA

#75 Jul 20, 2009
Heck in Utah I was told I would be arested if I pulled off the side of the road and slept in my $35,000 new car.

That's how other places get rid of the homeless.

Zionsville, PA

#77 Sep 11, 2011
Mr Estrada wrote:
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Thats a good idea, and we could use all the dogs and cats we put to sleep every day as food, but liberal hippies like PETA would throw a fit :(.
Maybe we could use your sorry ass...

Santa Monica, CA

#78 Sep 23, 2011
The ACLU has lost sight of it's original mission and become a crackpot organization

Hereford, AZ

#79 Mar 9, 2012
I was in Santa Monica and I can see why there are so many homeless there, weather isn't that bad compared to Phoenix where it can get up to 120 degrees in the summer, a brutal Phoenix police department, and city parks where the drinking water is turned off !Compared to Phoenix Arizona, Santa Monica is heaven !
Go Blue

Miami, FL

#80 Jul 23, 2012
surfchickMB wrote:
There are a lot of celebrities that live in Santa Monica that are so far left. Let them live with them.........
Heard, they did'nt like the pate.....

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